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live from the vatican. and what is the future for the afghan interpreters when troops withdraw? we report on the campaign here in the uk. also in the program, we have a look at smart phones the cost an arm and a link -- arm and leg. >> and like you did there. $10,000, that is what this little baby will set you back. it is a titanium smart phone. the question is, is this really worth 20 times more than the likes of iphone or galaxy? >> it is midday in london, 7:00 a.m. in washington, 9:00 in the evening and north korea, and has been carried out in clear defiance of united nations' warning with condemnation from the international community. the first indication came when scientists detected an earth tremor with a magnitude of 4.9. >> after weeks, north korea did what everyone told it not to. a nuclear tests. in the absence of political freedom or guaranteed meals, at least it is something to celebrate. >> we have faith that we can fight against any formidable enemy. >> i am full of confidence having heard this news and confident that we can defeat any great power with one blow in the
the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
's 85. spokespersons for the vatican says the pope cited his advanced age and felt keno longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal joseph ratzinger became pope in 2405. he was the oldest person to become the pontiff. he strongly opposed birth control but embraced new forms of communication and joined twitter. he faced a string of challenges from sexual abuse scandals involving members of clergy to an investigation of money laundering in vatican city. a court convicted his former butler of stealing and leaking classified documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a successor. catholics make up a small portion of the japanese population, still, they have been surprised by the pope's resignation. peter tekao okeda became archbishop in japan, has visited the vatican twice and was shot when he heard about the resignation. >> translator: i coul
into the audience hall at the vatican? . later he will preside over an ash wednesday mass. will go to our correspondent at the vatican. he said that he is stepping down for the good of the church. >> absolutely. the pope went straight into it. his first words were that he has taken the decision in full freedom and for the good of the church. he went on explaining that he understood the gravity of the moment. then he came to the realization that he did not have the spiritual or the material's strength to carry out his ministry. it was a standing ovation for the pope. it was a very festive atmosphere in the auditorium. 8000 people were there singing before he arrived. there was music. the vatican also want to show this is not a dramatic moments, this is a difficult moment for the church. i think they want to give the message of continuity. everybody was looking at the poll, whether he sounded tired or frail -- looking at the pope. when you ask people, they said they did not see any signs of more weakness or more tiredness. >> what happens next? he will preside over the mass later today. a l
going on right now at the vatican that none of us have ever witnessed. a pope about to speak for the final time before he retires tomorrow. >> it really is remarkable to be watching this all morning. let's go live to christiane amanpour who is anchoring our special coverage live from rome. >> good morning. indeed it is unprecedented. these are unchartered waters. right now you're soon going to have pope benedict xvi making his final official speech to the public before stepping down just over 24 hours from now. at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, he becomes the first pope in centuries to resign. and he's leaving behind a vatican really at a cross roads. the catholic church facing difficult challenges and also opportunities as it moves forward. now, as i say, usually when there's a transition and we've covered it so many times, well, not so many times, but the last one i was here, and that was because a pope died. john paul ii died after living his last years infirmed and in visible pain. now we have a transition, we have a living pope. you're not watching a funeral before the next pope is
more about his health approximate, carefully guarded secret until now. the vatican reveals that pope benedict has pacemaker in his heart long before being elected as pope back in 2005. months ago, we now know he had surgery to replace the pacemaker batteries, an operation that was conducted in absolute secrecy. vatican says it was routine. the shock waves continue to reverberate for catholics around the world and a lot of folks seem to have the same reaction, even if it's something the world hasn't seen in six centuries. >> i shows what a truly humble servant. he loved our church so much, he didn't let pride get in the way. >> probably we're in the right times and listen to the catholic church and new generation of catholics. >> its demanding job. it takes a special person at that age to handle the day to day and far reaching plans of the church. >> i appreciated the word father smith used, retiring. when you can't do the job, hand it over. >> retiring is something we have never thought of but his retirement years, vatican says he will be moved in the vatican owned villa, a monastery
. ♪ >>> good morning. i'm chris jansing, live in vatican city. you can see the vatican behind me. and boy, there is an interesting energy in this city. preparations underway for the conclave. that will, of course, elect the successor to pope benedict after that shocking decision yesterday to step down. and another big story we're following is back at home, because the president is putting the finishing touches on the first state of the union speech of his second term. and we'll have a lot more on that coming up in this hour. but this morning, we are starting to get new information about pope benedict, and particularly about his health. decisions that may have played into his shocking announcement to abdicate. for example, we now know this morning, the pope has had a pacemaker for some time and actually had a minor operation to replace its batteries three months ago. we're also hearing for the first time about a fall he took while he was on a trip to cuba in mexico. just hours after his announcement, this video circulated. you can see it shows lightning striking st. peter's basilica, maybe
. adam johnson is in the vatican for us and joins us now. quite a moving experience for those present? >> indeed. we are here in rome at the start of a fortnight, the likes of which catholic churches have not seen in the modern history, where worshipers around the world will effectively be saying goodbye to pope benedict. and he will be carrying out all of his schedule appointments during that time at the moment but he leaves the vatican this evening as of the last day of this month, and the first of those on schedule appointments, just off the square the you see behind me. >> his first appearance since he shocked the world with his resignation. this was his regularly scheduled weekly audience. the vatican insists that it will be business as usual, but nothing here is as usual now. in the pope began by speaking of the momentous announcement of his retirement. >> i resign for the benefit of the church, having prayed hard and examined my conscience i am fully aware of the gravity of the decision i have taken. my physical and spiritual strength have been diminishing. i will not be able t
, including pope benedict's stunning decision to step down. two longtime vatican watchers join us with inside details, at least as inside as you can get when covering the pope. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. incredible pictures there. we'll be right back. i found a powerful new way to cut out arthritis pain. [ male announcer ] icy hot arthritis lotion. powerful encapsulated menthol gets icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. power past pain. >>> a lot's happened since the year 1415, but one thing has not, not once. in those 598 years, six centuries, 59 leaders of the roman catholic church have reigned and not one has resigned. since the year 1450, not one single pope has left the vatican without also leaving this world. that is until today. according to the "new york times," this morning at the vatican, speaking in latin to a small gathering of cardinals, pope benedict xvi simply said he's too old and frail to continue leading the church. the spokesman said the
anderson and these pictures of the tens of thousands of pilgrims that are gathered at the vatican to hear pope benedict xvi give his final blessing. he will pray the last angelus of his pontificate. tens of thousands, if not 100,000 there in vatican square. no real surprise. after eight years on his pontificate standing down the announcement february 11th saying he would resign. we'll see him in general audience on wednesday and then he will leave here, the vatican on thursday. you are now looking at benedict xvi at his window. let's listen in. >> dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection to the transfigueration. that while praying jesus transfigured his profound experience with the father due -- he went to the mountain to gather with john and james, the disciples always present in manifestation. the lord who declared his death offered an anticipation of his glory and, given the transf transfiguration. this is my son, the chosen one. representing the law of the old alliance was more significance. the all story of the advance to him, the christ, who has started not towards th
. >>> the vatican says the pope is resigning on february 28. still no reason. >>gretchen: 4,000 cruise ship passengers stranded in the middle of the ocean after a fire breaks out aboard the boat killing the power. the cruise ship is in the gulf of mexico and running on a backup generator. carnival cruise line says the fire was put out right away and no one was hurt. a woman on board called her husband and told him what was going on. >> she was crying and said they had no power, they had no running water. they had no way to use the bathroom. >>gretchen: the ship will be towed to mexico. it is expected to arrive on wednesday. >>gretchen: a real-life tragedy for reality tv. a crash yesterday near los angeles. all three members aboard the aircraft were killed. the cause not known. >>> a storm generated in southern california after somebody said they spotted christopher dorner. -- a lowe's store was closed. the city announced a $1 million reward for information leading to dorner's capture. >> this is an act of domestic terrorism. this is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect th
will celebrate ash wednesday mass at the vatican tomorrow. it will be his last public appearance before the pontiff steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham reports for wjz have the vatican. >> reporter: the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> i think it will be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they're open thelogically to opening many -- welcoming as many people into the church as possible. >> reporter: cardinal could be the first black pope. cardinal armelino. and scolia one of the strongest european candidates. pope benedict is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict received a pacemaker before he became leader of the catholic church in 2005. and recently secretly had t
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to step down. two longtime vatican watchers join us with details. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. incredible pictures there. we'll be right back. and kept turning the page, writing the next chapter for the rx and lexus. this is the pursuit of perfection. writing the next chapter for the rx and lexus. i have obligations. cute tobligations, but obligations.g. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. we're dedicated to getting you back on track from identity theft. to protect you from being a victim in the first place, we have specialists for that, too.
chamberlain. it's the vatican city of state. also been at the center of controversies in the past as his role always accused of overpowering the one of pope benedict xvi as the name was mentioned several times in the papers leaked to the italian media. well, after that, of course, a conclave will have to be called. election of the new pope. hopefully in a few weeks. that should take place sometimes from next week onwards and before the 15th of march. in order to have a new pope in place before palm sunday on march 24th. chris? >> thank you very much, claudio. and so, we are now 2:27 past 2:00 here on the east coast. past 8:00 there at castel gandolfo 15 miles outside of rome and the extraordinarily historic moment. behind those walls, behind those gaets now, pope emeritus, the former joseph ratzinger and we have the seat is vacant. the seat of peter is now vacant. father bartuni krc, your feelin? >> the feelings i've had all day. i'm feeming more. bitt bittersweet. nice to see how the decision of the pope is taken by the catholic faithful throughout the world. following what he believes to be
snowfall of our own. >>> i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, who can be in line to follow pope benedict as head of the catholic church? >>> more breaking news out of california where police are involved in a shootout with the exl.a.p.d. officer wanted for a series of revenge killings. authorities say christopher dorner is barricaded in a cabin in the big bear california mountains. two officers have been hurt. this, of course, is a case that has shaken that entire community and a case the entire nation is watching. we're going to continue to follow it and bring you updates throughout the show. >>> pope benedict xvi will do mass. >> danielle nottingham has more from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity. >> it will be good to have a black pope. we hope to have a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matters where they are from, as long as they are good with welcoming people into the church. >> cardinal peter turkson could be the first black park. the to
network, which was heavily criticized the vatican's report last year. in a black history month special, we remember the lives of the legendary civil rights activist, singer and actor paul robeson and his wife eslanda. >> i have never separated by work as an artist from my work as a human being. i have always believed more strongly to me my art is always a weapon. >> we will speak with historian barbara ransby, author of the new book, "eslanda: the large and unconventional life of mrs. paul robeson." >> both paul and essie refused to renounce their radical friends and refused to renounce their own radical views. again, they paid a price for it. paul was blacklisted, they lost their house, had extensive fbi files and so forth. >> but first, north korea has just carried out its largest ever nuclear test. it says the test was done in the face of increased hostility from the u.s. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. north korea is drawing global condemnation for a new underground nuclear test. the north korean gov
the vatican just hours after pope benedict would be announ-- pope benedict announced his resignation. >> what will the pope do? he could become the most distinguished walmart greeter of all time. >>>, wi >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." nae north korea held its third nuclear test. >> president obama will in fact discuss the nuclear test during his state of the union address tonight. the president will say it merely isolates north korea even more. now the north says it tested a lighter, miniaturized nuclear device underground at its northeastern test site. margaret brennan is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, nora and charlie. president obama is calling the test a highly provacative act. he condemned it in a statement overnight saying north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program constitutes a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. north korea has been warning for weeks that it was about to test its nuclear arsenal. on tuesday morning, it exploded a bomb in a facility one kilometer underground near the same location of it
, a special buy at just $199. i'm chris jansing. to say there's a lot happening at the vatican would be an understatement. we got our first glimpse of the pope since he announced he will step down. he opened his arms to receive a huge round of applause. 8,000 people packing the hall where he had his general audience. i was there. he did not appear incredibly frail. he asked everyone to pray for him and the church and the future pope. there's already a scandal after a polish cardinal appeared to criticize the pope's decision to step down. and there has been at least in vatican terms wild politicking going on amongst the other cardinals, something they are not supposed to do. the big question, who will be the next pope? could he be from africa? we'll get to that in a couple minutes. >>> first, let's talk about the state of the union. next hour president obama will make the first of three stops to drum up support for the new initiatives he laid out in his e speech last time. he will be traveling to north carolina, georgia, and chicago. "the new york times" called his speech asserttive.
. >> reporter: it seemed an ordinary rainy monday in the vatican. except maybe for that lightning bolt striking st. peter's. pope benedict xvi gathered a group of cardinals for a small ceremony, the canonization of three saints. his bombshell came at the end. [ speaking latin ] >> reporter: he spoke in latin, the ancient language of the church. i have come to the certainty, he says that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the papacy. >> i'm shocked. >> reporter: around the world, from insiders to outsiders, the reaction was the same. >> today's decision by benedict xvi to resign from the papacy came as a huge surprise to me and to everyone in rome and in the vatican. >> reporter: for almost 600 years, it hadn't happened. for almost 600 years, popes died in office. with this one stroke, benedict xvi has changed history. >> no one alive has seen anything like that happen. and the dynamics of that are completely unknown. >> reporter: just under eight years ago he stepped out on the balcony of st. peter's basilica, joseph ratzinger becoming benedict x
-new information from the vatican after the pope's stung -- the pope's stunning announcement. a little bit more on what went into his announcement and the role he will play from here. bill: 4,000 people are strand on this ship. we'll talk to the coast guard helping them get back to port. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. bill: three people are dead after a deadly shooting at a courthouse in delaware. according to investigators the gunman was the father of a man who had kidnapped his children in 2007. was in the middle of a bitter custody battle. there are were duds of people in the lobby at the time of the shooting. >> when i first heard it it was so fast, pop pop pop pop pop. >> i s
>> george: today on christian world news, a huge price from the vatican. now that pope benedict xvi is stepping aside, who will take his place. >> wendy: plus north korea rattles the world, but the regime's nuclear test isn't shaking christians. we'll show you how they're sending messages of hope to that isolated nation. >> george: and how those who are spreading the gospel are taking on a new look and a new folk. ♪ >> wendy: who will lead the world's one billion roman catholics. hello, everyone, i'm wendy griffith. >> george: and i'm george thomas. pope benedict xvi announced this week his resignation, saying it is for the good of the church. the 85-year-old pontiff says he does not have the strength to continue. it shocked catholics worldwide. it has been 600 years since a pope has chosen to step aside. now the faithful are asking, what happens next. charlene israel reports. >> reporter: the vatican will hold a co conclave before easter to elect a new vote. they will vote to decide who will lead the world's one billion roman catholics. >> the cardinals are going to have to weigh
archdiocese, many are asking who will replace him. >> we have the latest tonight from vatican city. >> in the hallowed secret halls, the next pope will lead the largest body on earth. traveling, ability to inspire a billion followers across the world. >> the new pope has to make this clear he is the pastor of the universal church, not just the bishop of rome. >> reporter: it might be sacred. nine to four odds, the one from ghana. he would be the first black pope. >> the new pope has to be very sensitive to the president condition of hue man nit and rec -- human ti and keep the gospel in its pure form. and archbishop scola but don't expect public politicking. all the campaigning will be behind these closed doors. >> campaigning is like a cardinal sin. you don't do it. otherwise, there would be tremendous backlash. >> today the vatican revealed he had a pace make are for years. his retirement home is the monastery inside the vatican. he will be spending the rest of his days in quiet prayer. >> he will be retired and not intervene in any way in the process. >> reporter: and that proce
in the shooting death of a riverside police officer that brings the death penalty. >> the vatican is admitting pope benedict had a pacemaker for years and he underwent secret surgery throw months ago to replace the battery. the vatican says pope benedict will not take part in choosing the successor. he appointed most of the cardinals would will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. in the bay area many who gather for mass last night prayed for the pope. some students hope the next pontiff opens a dialogue on issues such as married priests and same-sex marriage. >> i believe in a lot of the traditions and stands we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> i don't know about women priests but more respect and authority and power for the women in the church, the laywomen and the nuns and sisters. >> the pope resigns february 28 and the vatican hopes to have a new pope by easter, a month later. >> the white house confirms that president obama will talk about north korea's latest nuclear test in the state of the union address. right new, the united states security
explodes in the a plummets to the ground, 18 people dead. a live report. >>> vatican city, learning more about the future and what it holds for pope benedict xvi, final week cloud by scandal. >> the dow rallying from yesterday's big loss but not so for world markets. italy's election causing uncertainty. the government, europe's third largest economy, facing a deadlock. >>> egypt, tourists flying high above ancient egyptian sites plunging to their deaths when a hot air balloon explodes and crashes. >> 18 people have died. the local government has banned all other hot air balloon flights for now. it happened in luxor. the latest on the investigation. >> ian, let's start with what the theory is at the moment. there are reports of a gas cylinder exploding. describe what you've heard. >> reporter: well, michael, that's exactly what ware we're hearing. an the 1,000 feet a gas canister on the balloon exploded sending the balloon tumbling towards the ground. this comes from multiple reported from eyewitnesses. also eyewitness accounts that people were jumping out of the balloon as it tumbled to
will make before stepping down. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz from the vatican. >> the crowds in st. peter's square are speculating about who will replace pope benedict xvi. some feel the time has come for more diversity in the catholic church. >> perhaps it would be good to have a black pope. >> i'm from venezuela. and we hope to get a pope from another country. >> i don't think it matter where is they're from, as long as as long as they open thelogically to welcoming in as many people as possible. >> reporter: cardinal peter turkson from ghana, could be the first black pope. cardinal leandro sandri of argentina is considered the top candidate from south america. pope benedict xvi is stepping down because the 85-year-old said he no longer has the physical or mental strength to lead. >> reporter: the vatican just disclosed that pope benedict received a pacemaker before he became leader of the catholic church in 2005 and recently, secretly had the battery replaced. >> reporter: there is no word yet when the conclave to elect
will be chosen. yesterday massive crowds flocked to the vatican, an estimated 100,000 people packing st. peter's square for one of the pope's final appearances as the leader of the catholic church. >> thank you for the prayers and support you have shown me these days. >> benedict also appeared to criticize vatican infighting and recently leaked documents paint a picture of a dysfunctional vatican bureaucracy plagued by turf wars and allegations of corruption. let's bring in vatican analyst, senior fellow at the ethic and policy center. i feel launch in after saying good morning because i know there is a little bit of ai delay and i want to start with these reports of power struggles among the hierarchy at the vatican. here is what the pope said. the church which is mother and teacher calls on all its members to renew their spirit, turn back firmly towards god and ignore pride and egoism to live in love. you recently wrote an op-ed that the next pope needs to straighten out the disastrous condition of the roman curia. how bad is it? >> these are important issues and it is important to discuss t
the pope's decision to step down. and there has been at least in vatican terms wild politicking going on amongst the other cardinals, something they are not supposed to do. the big question, who will be the next pope? could he be from africa? we'll get to that in a couple minutes. >>> first, let's talk about the state of the union. next hour president obama will make the first of three stops to drum up support for the new initiatives he laid out in his e speech last time. he will be traveling to north carolina, georgia, and chicago. "the new york times" called his speech asserttive. politico, aggressive. the president insisted we need a smarter government, not a smaller government. it was the economy that dominated the speech including a call to elevate the middle class. >> it is our generation's task to reignite the true engine of america's economic growth. a rising, thriving middle class and that's why we need to build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class for all those willing to climb them. a growing economy that greats middle class jobs, that must be the north star tha
, the vatican says benedict will live in a monastery in vatican city. meanwhile, the process to elect his successor is already underway. we have this report from vatican city. >> reporter: pope benedict xvi is about to make history. the 85-year-old leader of the catholic church is resigning at the end of the month. he's the first pope to do so in 600 years. the pope's announcement came as a surprise to all but his closest confidantes. he said because of his age and deteriorating health, "i have had to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." church leaders were shocked and saddened. >> like watching your own dad get old. and admit that he's not up to all the duties of being the head of a family involves. >> reporter: benedict xvi will remain pope until 8:00 p.m. on february 28. shortly after that, the college of cardinals will gather in the sistine chapel to elect the new pope. benedict's successor will face many of the same controversies he faced including the sexual abuse of church members by priests. benedict apologized to victims in 201
away from each other here in vatican city. >> it's going to be chaos, which pope do you bow to and which one do you go, s'up? >>> welcome to "cbs this morning." st. peter's square was packed this morning for pope benedict's final public audience. benedict steps down tomorrow. >> the pope acknowledged difficult times during his papacy but told his people he has great trust in the future of the church. allen pizzey is in st. peter's scare. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. there are fierce concerns about whether or not the monostic life benedict is about to fade into will keep him from having influence on the next papacy. that's for tomorrow. today he was center stage. benedict made a stately arrival for his last general audience aboard a pope mobile perhaps taking advantage of the last time he will have use of one of the specially made vehicle. the crowd of st. ter's square was half the 200,000 the vatican predicted and catered for but the welcome was warm. the pope thanked the crowd as he put it "from the bottom of my heart," and told them he
vatican city. >> reporter: the day after the shocking announcement that he will resign on february 28th, more details are emerging about his decision. the vatican's own newspaper said that this decision was taken at least a year ago after his trip to cuba and mexico in march 2012. that's when the pontiff realized he's just too old and too weak to perform his duties as the holy father including, of course, long distance travel. while the speculation now is ripe whether there is any other reason behind his decision. in an interview in 2010 during the scandals that engulfed the vatican and the catholic church including the pedophilia scandal and later the butler scandal with him leaking documents to the italian media, the journalist asked him whether it was right for a pontiff to resign over such scandals? he said, not in times of difficulties but maybe in times of peace when in a peaceful moment one has a right to do so. this is a peaceful moment. the butler has been sentenced to prison and later pardoned late last year and now it is a time for the pope to just let go and let another pers
could vote on his nomination either tomorrow or thursday. the vatican is dismissing reports that pope benedict the 16th's decision to step down was linked to a medical intervention to replace the battery in his pacemaker. this is the first time the vatican has mentioned a papal pacemaker which was installed years before benedict became pope. the pope blames it on old age and declining helath and the vatican says no specific ailment forced him resign already there's lots of guessing about who will succeed pope benedict when he resigns. many have suggested that the growth of catholicism in africa justifies a black pope. others say the strength of the church in latin america calls for a hispanic pope. dram 18 voting cardinals. 2/3 to elect the new pope. it is really speculation on who the new pope might be. a vatican spokesman says pope benedict will leave his post by the end of the month and a new pope will be in place by easter. a fugitive ex-cop from los angeles may have escaped to mexico, with some help. former l-a-p-d officer christopher dorner is charged with murdering a riverside
richard engel, and with us today veteran foreign correspondent keith miller, who covered the vatican for decades, and he joins us from miami. first to you, chris jansing. as you're hearing more details about the arrival or beginning of the conclave of cardinals, what are you expecting? who are the front runners? this does have sort of the feel of politics even if it is supposedly a spiritual event. >> yes. i mean, they say it's a political and excommunication is what happens if you are a cardinal and you leak anything that's going on inside the conclave. that's not to say that there isn't politics, that will aren't certain people that have their favorites. we did talk today to spokesman for the vatican, and they're working all these details up right now. exactly when this is going to happen, but they want to do it sooner rather than later after the pope stepdz down because what they don't want to happen is that runs into the easter season, so i think it's possible that the cardinals would all gather as soon as march 1st we know that the pope is stepping down on february 28th. as to w
is at st. peter's square in vatican city. how did people react to the pope's final prayer today? >> reporter: many of them were visibly moved, susan. we spoke to one 30-year-old priest from texas who said he had five years ago joined the priesthood inspired by pope benedict and that he was, indeed, saddened by it. many people expecting -- expressing a certain amount respect for the pope for making a decision that certainly shocked many people. he is, after all, the first pope to actually resign from the papecy in almost 600 years. many see him as a man who tried to bring the church forward, who tried to achieve some sort of reform within the church. didn't necessarily succeed, but he tried his hardest. susan? >> ben, do we know anything more about the alleged scandal being talked about? >> reporter: yes. i had the opportunity to speak to the two journalists who did these investigative reports that appeared in a rome daily and a weekly news magazine here. what they're sort of pointing to is in addition to the fact that there is a network -- or appears to be a network, akoring to
from the vatican as a report of a scandal is continuing to explode in the media. >>> and a shooting in switzerland. still no answers in what made a gunman open fire at a lumber plant and take his own life. >> in mexico, more than two million animals slaughtered to try to contain bird flu. what it means for the food that your family eats. that's coming up as well. >>> we begin in vatican city where pope benedict xvi is spending his last full day as pope. he delivered his last speech. tens and thousands of people gathered in st. peter's square to hear what he had to say. >> recalling moments of joy and light during his last eight years leading the church but he said there were difficult times as well, which he said, quote, seemed like the lord was sleeping. >> the pope also talked about his resignation, calling it a tough decision to make. >> i continue with my prayers and ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> after the speech, the pope greeted crowds at his popemobile. of course, they are going to take a chopper to the papal summer residence outside the city of rome
has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether without a mourning period there will be time in the schedule for the kwee yet and formal gathers of cardinals which have in the past have been a time when the men who decide the next pope can size up th
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